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So far this season the Yankees have played more road games than any other team so it should make them happy they are returning to the Bronx Tuesday.

Phil HughesHowever they may have a guest which will make them uncomfortable in the Detroit Tigers. After getting off to a disappointing 0-7 start the Tigers have come on strong winning nine of their last 14 games.

The first game tonight will feature two under performing pitchers in Phil Hughes and Kenny Rogers. Last week we talked about Hughes’ need to turn his season around, but his start against the White Sox was shorted to just two innings. He surrendered no runs, struck out a batter, and allowed just one hit during that short stint.

Yankee fans are familiar with Rogers from his time in pinstripes. This season Rogers has gotten off to a 1-3 start with a terrible 7.66 ERA. In his last start against the Texas Rangers Rogers allowed six runners to score giving up nine hits and three walks over just three and a third innings.

On Wednesday it will be Andy Pettitte facing off against Jeremy Bonderman. Pettitte had a rough outing against Cleveland last week, but has had a good start to this season going 3-2 with a 3.23 ERA.

The Tigers would like to get more innings out of Bonderman than they’ve seen so far. He has zero quality starts this season and has not been able to get out of the sixth inning once. He has just a 4.28 ERA with a 1-2 record in 2008 and in his career against the Yankees he is 2-6 with a 5.58 ERA.

Nate Robertson is another Tigers pitcher looking for his first quality start and is another player who has trouble against the Bombers. He is just 1-5 in his career against the Yankees and has never gotten a victory at Yankee Stadium.

To his benefit he will be going up against the struggling Ian Kennedy. Although he did pitch decently in his last start he did not get the win while giving up three runs over five Andy Pettitteinnings against the Indians. Kennedy has never faced the Tigers and will hope their bats are quite as he may be in danger of being sent down to triple-A.

The Yankees will try to take advantage of a return home and some shaky pitching this week. Derek Jeter and Bobby Abreu are two players who have feasted off of the Tigers during their career. Jeter has a career .350 average against Detroit while Abreu tops that with a .373 average and a 1.067 OPS.

Working against the Yankees will be the absence of sluggers Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada who are both out with injuries. There is no word on when either will be back, but Rodriguez could be back soon while Posada could miss serious time.

Another problem the Yankees always run into against Detroit is Magglio Ordonez. Ordonez has 19 career homers against the Yanks while putting up a .951 OPS over 287 at bats.

Hot Stove’s prediction: The Yankees are going to be relieved to be home, but are going to miss Arod’s bat from the lineup. Tigers take two out of three.

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